Knoxville Apartment Complex Safety
When you go to an apartment complex, whether you are a guest or a resident, you expect to be safe. However, due to the negligence of apartment complex owners and managers, many people are injured due to insufficient security at the complex. Often, those injured end up suffering severe and disabling injuries that leave them unable to work and with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Apartment complex owners not only have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe manner, but they also have a duty to take steps to protect their residents and guests from foreseeable harm. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Knoxville inadequate security attorneys have collected over $1 billion for innocent victims who have been injured due to the negligence of others. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we have the resources to provide personalized attention to every case we handle.Apartment Complex Safety in Knoxville and Knox County
Tennessee law mandates that apartment complex owners act reasonably under the circumstances. If a Knoxville apartment complex owner or manager knows or has reason to know that there is a foreseeable risk their residents suffering harm, they must take appropriate measures to help prevent such harm from occurring. Failing to do so could result in the apartment owner or manager being liable for the injuries that someone sustained after a violent attack. Murder, sexual assault and rape, robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping are a few of the crimes that could occur due to inadequate apartment complex safety. In the context of a homicide, Tennessee’s wrongful death laws will come into play.
Foreseeability is key in a negligent security case, and this is often proved through actual or constructive notice. The examples below provide clear pictures as to what may be deemed foreseeable:
- Apartment Complex number 1 is located in a relatively low-crime area near the University of Tennessee’s campus. There have not been any reports of criminal activity in or around the complex in the past year or any reports of suspicious activity. The complex is gated and there is always a security guard on duty. Student number 1, on her way to her car in the apartment complex, is violently assaulted by a non-resident that snuck into the complex.
- Apartment Complex number 2 is located in an area that is notorious for criminal activity among Knox County apartment complexes. Recently there have been several break-ins around the complex and a violent crime occurred in the apartment complex parking lot two months ago. The complex’s security gate was broken and there was no one patrolling the complex grounds on the date of incident. Student number 2 gets carjacked by a non-resident.
The above two scenarios provide examples of the foreseeability of criminal attacks. The owner of Apartment Complex number 1 may not be held liable for the injuries Student number 1 sustained. However, the owner of Apartment Complex number 2 most likely will be held liable for failure to provide adequate security based on the circumstances and knowledge of prior incidents.Retain a Knoxville Attorney Today
Victims of crimes at apartment complexes often sustain serious injuries that leave permanent damage – not only physical, but mental as well. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a lack of apartment complex safety, the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready speak with you today to evaluate your claim. We represent injured victims and their families throughout the greater Knoxville area, as well as the rest of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Call us today at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation. If you believe the apartment complex that you were attacked at could have done something to prevent it from happening and would like to speak with one of our inadequate security lawyers, NST is the way to go.